S. S. Rajamouli

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S. S. Rajamouli
S. S. Rajamouli at the trailer launch of Baahubali.jpg
Rajamouli in 2015
Native name కోడూరి శ్రీశైల శ్రీ రాజమౌళి
Residence Film Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Ethnicity Telugu
Occupation Director, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Rama Rajamouli[1]
Children 2
Parent(s) K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Awards IND Padma Shri BAR.png Padma Shri 2016
Website ss-rajamouli.com

S. S. Rajamouli (born Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli) is an Indian film director, and screenwriter known for his works mainly in Telugu cinema. He is known for directing blockbuster films Magadheera (2009), Eega (2012) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015).[2][3][4] Baahubali: The Beginning, was screened at the Open Cinema Strand of Busan International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival The Hague,[5] Sitges Film Festival in Spain,[6] Utopiales Film Festival in France,[7] Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan,[8] Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia,[9] L'Etrange International Film Festival in Paris,[10] Five Flavours Film Festival in Poland[11] and Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu.[12]

His other notable works include the sports drama film Sye, the social problem film Vikramarkudu, which was screened at the International Film Festival of India in the mainstream section.[13] The melodrama films Maryada Ramanna, Vikramarkudu and Chhatrapati were remade in various Indian languages, with successful reviews.[14][15] He has garnered the Star World India, "Entertainer of The Year", and the National Film Award in 2012. He has garnered several awards including four state Nandi Awards, and four IIFA Utsavam Awards.[16][17]

In 2015, The first part of the epic historical fiction, Baahubali: The Beginning became the highest grossing Indian film within India,[18] and became the third highest grossing Indian film globally. It became the first South Indian film to gross over 600 crore (US$88 million) worldwide and the first non-Hindi film to gross over 100 crore (US$15 million) in the dubbed Hindi version. It is also the highest grossing Telugu film of all time.[19] In 2016, He was selected to be honored with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his contributions towards the field of Art.[20][21]



Rajamouli started directing Telugu soap operas on Eenadu Television, under the guidance of K. Raghavendra Rao. His first shot at Telugu films was Student No.1 with Jr. NTR which was a big hit in 2001. It took two long years for Rajamouli to come up with his second movie and delivered a blockbuster with his second movie Simhadri. In the two-year gap between Student No.1 and Simhadri, Rajamouli planned his first mythological film with Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, but the film eventually got shelved.[22] In 2015, Assistant art director Manu Jagath, who later worked as the art director for Baahubali, released several sketches he had drawn for the shelved Mohanlal project.[23] Rajamouli's third movie was Sye. It was a first-of-its-kind movie in Tollywood, in that it was based on a rugby game. This movie was also the first instance where Rajamouli collaborated with K. K. Senthil Kumar.[24] With his next flick Chatrapathi, Rajamouli again evoked emotions with the audience. The music of M. M. Keeravani and cinematography by Senthil Kumar added to the film's success.

In his next stint Vikramarkudu, Rajamouli worked with Raviteja. The movie was a big success and was remade into Hindi as Rowdy Rathore by Prabhu Deva with Akshay kumar in the lead, into Tamil as Siruthai, and in Kannada as Veera Madakari by ace actor Sudeep.[25] He then directed Yamadonga, a socio-fantasy film praised by critics. Next was the biggest film in Telugu Cinema at the time, Magadheera starring Ram charan Teja, Magadheera became one of the biggest commercial successes in Telugu Cinema.[26] He won the Nandi Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu for the film. This film also won the National Film Award for Best Choreography.[27] His comedy thriller film Maryada Ramanna (2010) was remade in Hindi as "Son of Sardar".[28][29] In one of the popular MAA TV shows, Mee Star, Rajamouli said Maryada Ramanna is his personal favorite movie among all the movies he has directed.[30]

International acclaim[edit]

Rajamouli's 2012 experimental fantasy film, Eega was screened to critical acclaim at L'Étrange Film Festival.[31][32][33] The Tamil version Naan Ee was screened at the 10th Chennai International Film Festival.[34][35] The Telugu version has also garnered awards for the Most Original Film, Best Special Effects, Best Comedy, Best Fights, Best Film to Watch with a Crowd, Best Editing, Best Villain and Best Hero at the 8th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival.[36]

The Telugu version was also screened the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the Panorama section of the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[37][38][39] The film has received Best art direction award at the Fantaspoa film festival of Brazil.[40] Also it is nominated for six awards including Best film, Best Cinematographer, Best Special effects, Best Music Composer, Best Editor and Best supporting Actor for the Madrid International Film Festival.[41]

In 2015, he directed Baahubali: The Beginning, which became the third Global highest grossing Indian film of all time, and the highest grossing Indian film of all time within India.[42][43][44][45] The making of the epic film was featured in BBC's documentary on 100 Years of Indian cinema directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.[46][47][48] The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT camera marking Rajamouli's first film using digital camera.[49][50] Rajamouli's work was cited by The Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post.[51][52][53]


Year Film Language Credited as
Director Producer Actor Writer
2001 Student No.1 Telugu Yes
2003 Simhadri Telugu Yes Yes
2004 Sye Telugu Yes Cameo Yes
2005 Chatrapathi Telugu Yes
2006 Vikramarkudu Telugu Yes Yes
2007 Yamadonga Telugu Yes Yes
2008 Rainbow Telugu Cameo
2009 Magadheera Telugu Yes Yes
2010 Maryada Ramanna Telugu Yes Yes
2011 Rajanna Telugu Yes Yes
2012 Eega Telugu Yes Yes
2012 Naan Ee Tamil Yes Yes
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Telugu, Tamil Yes Cameo Yes
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Telugu, Tamil Yes Yes

Remakes and dubs[edit]

Year Original Remake Dub
Title Language Title Language Title Language
2001 Student No.1 Telugu Student Number 1 Tamil Aaj Ka Mujrim Hindi
2003 Simhadri Telugu Gajendra Tamil Yamraaj Ek Faulad Hindi
2004 Sye Telugu Aar Paar - The Judgement Day Hindi
Challenge Malayalam
Kalugu Tamil
2005 Chatrapathi Telugu Chatrapathi Kannada Chandramouli Tamil
Refugee Bengali Hukumat Ki Jung Hindi
Chatrapathi Malayalam
2006 Vikramarkudu Telugu Rowdy Rathore Hindi Pratighat Hindi
Siruthai Tamil Vikramathithya Malayalam
Veera Madakari Kannada Vikram Singh Rathod IPS Bhojpuri
Bikram Singha Bengali
Ulta Palta 69 Bengali
Action Jesmine Bengali
2007 Yamadonga Telugu Lok Parlok Hindi
Yamraja Oriya
2009 Magadheera Telugu Yoddha – The Warrior Bengali Maaveeran Tamil
Magadheera Hindi
Dheera – The Warrior Malayalam
2010 Maryada Ramanna Telugu Son of Sardaar Hindi
Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham Tamil
Ivan Maryadaraman Malayalam
Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re Bengali
Maryade Ramanna Kannada
2012 Eega/Naan Ee Telugu, Tamil Eecha Malayalam
Makkhi Hindi
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Telugu, Tamil Baahubali: The Beginning Hindi

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2016 Padma Shri Contribution to arts Won
2012 National Film Award Best feature FIlm in Telugu Eega ( Naan Ee ) Won
B Nagi reddy Award Best Wholesome Entertainment Telugu Film Award Won
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Won
Best Director Nominated
Star World: The Front Row with Anupama Chopra [16] Entertainer of The Year Won
2013 CineMAA Awards Family Entertainer of The Year Won
Filmfare Awards South Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Madrid International Film Festival Best Film Nominated
8th Toronto After Dark Festival Best Action FIlm Won
Best Comedy Film Won
Most Original Film Won
Best Film to Watch with a Crowd Won
2010 Nandi Awards Best Director Magadheera Won
Best Popular Feature Film Won
Special Jury Award Won
National Award Best Choreography Won
Best Special Effects Won
FilmFare Awards South Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Actor Won
Best Cinematographer Won
South Scope Awards Best Film Won
Best Actor Won
Best Director Won
Best Cinematographer Won
CineMAA Awards Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Santosham Film Awards Best Film Won
Nandi Awards Special Jury Award Maryada Ramanna Won
Best Popular Feature Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Won
2015 NDTV Gadgets guru Awards Best Special Effects Baahubali: The Beginning Won
24FPS International Animation Awards Movers and Shakers Award Won
Producer's Guild Film Awards President's Honour Award Won
2011 Nandi Awards Best Telugu Feature Film Rajanna Won
Special Jury Awards Won
2007 Nandi Awards Best Special Effects Yamadonga Won


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